Long Island Deli Worker Pulls Machete, Chases Away Armed Robber
A New York deli worker pulled a machete from under his counter and chased away an armed, masked gunman who fired a shot at the wall as he demanded money, police said.The worker apparently chased the dude out of the store and through the parking lot. Armed with a machete. Against a gun. That's pretty impressive right there, I have to admit. Not many people would go on the offensive against a (marginally) superior weapon. I know I'd sure as hell be reluctant to take on someone armed with a gun if I only had a lawn care implement...
Police on Long Island say the gunman entered the Stop & Shop Deli on Crooked Hill Road Sept. 25 and fired his silver .22-caliber pistol as he ordered the worker to stuff his Air Jordan backpack with cash.
Here are the take-home messages as I see them:
1. People will not f**k with you if you are bugnuts f**king crazy.
2. The "just give them what they want" crowd can fold it until it's all corners and then cram it somewhere the sun doesn't shine. Someone threatens your life for any reason, even under the pretext of getting money that they didn't earn, you are justified in taking all actions possible to preserve your own life.
3. Guns are not magic talismans. Even though the robber fired a shot, which would indicate that the firearm was indeed real and loaded, the clerk still gave chase. The robber was not prepared to take a life in the commission of his crime, and it seems that he was relying on immediate subservience simply because he had a gun. When that failed, he panicked and went into full HOLY S**T mode.
I guess we finally know the proper caliber for robber - Cold Steel...
That is all.
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(image courtesy of Robb Allen)